I’m Kate! I am a dog mom, baker, and kickboxing amateur. I like doing a little bit of everything from photography, pottery, cooking, baking, cake decorating, and gardening. Learning new things every day has become an essential part of my well being.
Fitness is not my forte, but it is something I am learning to love. I had barely taken fitness classes before kickboxing, but hitting a bag fueled my fire. I began to push myself, feeling stronger after each class, and enjoying the company of new friends.
My passion lies more along the lines of empowering and supporting others. I think it is so incredibly important to be able to create an environment where anyone at any level can feel like they are being challenged and encouraged. Loving yourself allows you to see the beauty in others and understand that everyone has their own battles.
I love teaching, pushing myself, and learning new things, so why not?
“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
My name is Stacy! I created the KUMA Kickboxing program as an opportunity to teach women of all fitness levels. Being able to form a bond and community with these women, is something I hold close to my heart.
I have been doing martial arts for over fifteen years, and still challenge myself to learn every day. Integrating these techniques into my classes creates a unique style of exercise. A significant amount of trial and error comes with this method, and I embrace every second of it.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy creating. Everything from throwing clay, painting watercolors, and graphic design. I live my life having a student mentality, always trying to improve and learn from the people around me. My Korean heritage has allowed me to explore another side of who I am, but being from the south, I still always love my biscuits and gravy.
Andrea here! I am new to coaching kickboxing, but a veteran to throwing jabs and hooks. I fell in love with kickboxing in high school at my local karate studio and, as an adult, attended Dojo Sante in Hudson, NH led by Sensei Matt. After moving to Maine, I was thrilled to find my new tribe at KUMA Fit, and beyond excited to share my passion through coaching.
I believe that women’s kickboxing is not only an incredible full-body workout, but also a holistic, supportive approach to fitness. The inclusivity and fun that comes with women’s kickboxing leaves you feeling strong, confident, and energized. In other words – a sexy beast!
Outside of KUMA, I try my best to keep up with my six-year-old Vizsla, Senna. We enjoy hikes, fat tire bike rides, and long walks on the beach (not a cliché, we live on the beach!). My 9-to-5 is in marketing and live events at IDEXX; although when I win the lottery I will dedicate my time to opening a dog sanctuary and, of course, KUMA Fit.
“You don’t need to be perfect. You just need to show up.”
My name is Joyce, I’m a wife, mother to two very active boys, and I have two dogs. One of my passions is cooking and baking; finding new recipes to make every week.
I enjoy spending time in my gardens growing vegetables, herbs and flowers. I also love teaching my kids how to grow them.
Before my children, I had never stepped into a gym. After my first son was born, I tried many different types of fitness classes. Nothing seemed to fit just right, until I found Kuma Kickboxing two years ago.
I love kickboxing because going to class, even on “down” days, you leave feeling strong, happy and empowered. The women in this group are amazing. We are all different and have our own struggles, but we support and motivate each other. This is what was missing from the other classes I had tried.
When Stacy asked if anyone was interested in instructing, it seemed so natural for me. I want you to feel strong and empowered in this group, just as others have made me feel.
So, that’s why I’m here – I understand the struggle is real. Specifically, being motivated to get to class, staying fit, understanding nutrition, and eating healthy. When you are in a tribe of women who support each other and hold each other accountable, these struggles are easier.
I can’t wait to meet you! Welcome to our tribe.
Kickboxing & Yoga Coach
My name is Thayi! I am a mother of three amazing children. Orthodontist by day, and a group fitness instructor by night. My fitness journey started when my oldest daughter was five. I wanted to get myself into better shape by taking classes. It was exhilarating; I loved the physical and mental growth exercise gave me. I really enjoyed the way my body changed and how I began to feel.
Fast forward to today, I have been an instructor at the YMCA for twelve years, teaching various classes such as aqua, piyo, cardio kickboxing, HIIT, and yoga. I aspire to connect with my fellow community members and gain friendships throughout our journey together. I believe these connections will help strengthen the mind, body, and soul.
“A body in motion stays in motion” – Unknown
I’m Anne! I started my fitness journey two years ago when I was searching for a karate class for my son. I stumbled upon KUMA, and when I saw that they also offered a kickboxing class for women, I was curious and decided to check it out. As a runner in high school, I had a foundation in fitness, but had gotten away from it due to the demands of working full time, and my desire to start a family.
After a short time attending kickboxing classes, I felt stronger and healthier.The workouts became an amazing source of stress relief. I look forward to the challenges of teaching the class and sharing all the benefits I have gained from my two years of KUMA kickboxing.
I live in Saco with my husband, my nine year old son, and our pets. Currently, I work full time at a veterinary specialty hospital. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, journaling, paper crafts, and photography.
Hey, I’m Samantha! I graduated college with a degree in social work and have a photography side hustle. I love being outside and trying new things! I have the travel bug in the worst way, so expanding on that is always on my mind. I love making new connections and understanding what makes people who they are.
I have a love affair with music, and have been teaching myself guitar (slowly) for the past couple of years. Any activities that involve music will probably also spark my interest! Working out has been a passion of mine for my entire life. I ran track in high school, and started a consistent gym regimen during college.
I walked into my first yoga class five years ago – to say it changed my life is an understatement. Through the practice of yoga, I’ve learned to embrace myself both mentally and physically. Yoga allows us to make room for growth and self love. I hope to see you on the mat and look forward to expanding our practice.
“You are not what you do for money, you are what you do for love.”
Hi I’m Stephanie! My passion to inspire others to reach their full potential fueled my drive to become a certified personal trainer. I found my voice, my strength and my purpose through fitness, while facing some life challenges over the past few years. Part of my fitness journey has been training myself and losing 120lbs. In doing so, I found that am stronger than I know and I hope to share that excitement with my clients to empower and support them through their own personal journeys.
I try to constantly push myself out of my comfort zone and into new areas of fitness and personal growth because I believe there is beauty in rising from the ashes. What I love to do is individualize training programs based on your lifestyle, goals and needs.
When I’m not in the gym, I’m playing with my tiny humans and our fluff ball Ayla. I love to get my creative juices flowing by painting abstract on canvas and spend my free time networking with other professionals and learning as much as I can to help others.
If I can leave you with one thing, you are enough, and you’re stronger than you know.
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”
Yoga Instructor, RYT 200
Hi there, I’m Kara! I am excited to be joining the Kuma Fit team as a yoga instructor! I am originally from central Maine, and after moving away for several years, returned to be closer to family and all that I love. I live with my husband and work as a school counselor during the school year.
In addition to yoga, I love doing anything outdoors including hiking, road-biking, and kayaking. I have completed 250 miles of the Maine Appalachian Trail and hope to finish the rest this summer! Traveling the world has provided me with some of my favorite memories as I have been fortunate to visit all but two continents and many countries in between!
I have been practicing yoga for over 15 years, and recently earned my RYT 200 certificate with Downtown Yoga & Healing Arts. I have personally experienced the physical and mental benefits that a yoga practice (lots of practice!) has brought to my life, and I am a perfect example of the fact that you can do yoga and still struggle with flexibility. Yoga can provide an excellent balance to any workout, and I look forward to sharing different techniques to help foster a whole mind and body experience. Namaste. ~
Kickboxing Coach, Front Desk
Hi, I’m Taylor! After years away from fitness, I recently rediscovered my love and passion for it again! I’m incredibly excited to be working in an environment that’s so uplifting and empowering for women. I look forward to being a part of the Kuma team, and inspiring others to reach their fitness goals. When I’m away from work, I love traveling, photography, hiking and hanging out with my pup, Ayda.
Hello there! I’m Ashley! I found Kuma Fit a few months ago and have been *jab, cross, hook-ed* ever since! I had taken kickboxing classes in college and knew kickboxing was the way I was going to bring health and wellness back into my life while also holding my interest. I do not usually enjoy working out, but at Kuma it’s one of my favorite parts of my day! When not at work I love spending time with my fiancé and two cats. I enjoy days spent at the beach, a good book, getting crafty and trying new recipes. I look forward to seeing you at class!